The Hammer Vault

Marcus Hearn

Marcus Hearn is the acclaimed author of Titan’s The Art of Hammer, Hammer Glamour and The Hammer Story (with Alan Barnes). His other books include authorised biographies of filmmakers George Lucas and Gerry Anderson, and Eight Days a Week, the story of The Beatles’ final world tour.

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This remarkable journey through the Hammer vault includes props, annotated script pages, unused poster artwork, production designs, rare promotional material and private correspondence. Hundreds of rare and previously unseen stills help to create a rich souvenir of Hammer’s legacy, from the X certificate classics of the 1950s to the studio’s latest productions.

Written and compiled by the official Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn, and featuring exclusive contributions from the actors and filmmakers associated with the company, this is the most lavish book ever published on the legendary House of Horror.

Older synopsis
This book tells the story of Hammer Films through previously unseen treasures from the company’s archive. Beginning with the company’s incorporation documents from 1934, and ending with promotional material from the 2011 release
The Resident, The Hammer Vault presents original correspondence, lobby cards, script pages and rare photographs alongside a commentary from the people who made some of the company’s greatest films.
Highlights among the illustrations include:

Pages from press books and publicity manuals
Gimmicks given to cinemagoers
Letters to and from some of the company’s stars
Pages from Peter Cushing’s scrapbooks
Pages from the scrapbook of managing director Michael Carreras
Premiere tickets
Pre-production artwork, and poster artwork from films that were never made
Production designs
Trade advertisements and magazine covers
Tie-in paperback novels
A map of Bray Studios
Hammer’s Queen’s Award to Industry certificate

The result is a compelling visual history of the legendary film production company, and the greatest scrapbook of Hammer collectibles ever assembled.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780857681171
  • Dimensions: 248mm x 320mm
  • Hardback: 176pp
  • Publication date: 2 December 2011
  • Illustration detail: Colour photos & illustrations throughout
  • All authors:
    Marcus Hearn

Marcus Hearn and Hammer Film Productions Limited as joint owners 2011.

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